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Ezekiel 1:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto a beryl: and they four had one likeness; and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel within a wheel.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship [was] like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship [being] as if one wheel were within another.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The appearance of the wheels and their work was as the look of a chrysolite; and they four had one likeness; and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The appearance of the wheels and of their structure, was like a Tarshish-stone to look upon, and they four had, one likeness,—and, their appearance and their structure, were just as would be, a wheel in the midst of a wheel.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The appearance of the wheels and their works [is] as the colour of beryl, and one likeness [is] to them four, and their appearances and their works [are] as it were the wheel in the midst of the wheel.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the appearance of the wheels, and the work of them was like the appearance of the sea: and the four had all one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the midst of a wheel.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The appearance of the wheeles, and their worke [was] like vnto the colour of a Berill: and they foure [had] one likenesse, and their appearance and their worke [was] as it were a wheele in the middle of a wheele.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the appearance of the wheels was as the appearance of beryl: and the four had one likeness: and their work was as it were a wheel in a wheel.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The appearance 4758
{4758} Prime
מַרְאֶה
mar'eh
{mar-eh'}
From H7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision.
of the wheels 212
{0212} Prime
אוֹפָן
'owphan
{o-fawn'}
From an unused root meaning to revolve; a wheel.
and their work 4639
{4639} Prime
מַעֲשֶׂה
ma`aseh
{mah-as-eh'}
From H6213; an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product (specifically a poem) or (generally) property.
[was] like unto the colour 5869
{5869} Prime
עַיִן
`ayin
{ah'-yin}
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
of a beryl: 8658
{8658} Prime
תַּרְשִׁישׁ
tarshiysh
{tar-sheesh'}
Probably of foreign derivation (compare H8659); a gem, perhaps the topaz.
and they four 702
{0702} Prime
אַרְבַּע
'arba`
{ar-bah'}
The second form is the masculine form; from H7251; four.
had one 259
{0259} Prime
אֶחָד
'echad
{ekh-awd'}
A numeral from H0258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first.
likeness: 1823
{1823} Prime
דְּמוּת
d@muwth
{dem-ooth'}
From H1819; resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like.
and their appearance 4758
{4758} Prime
מַרְאֶה
mar'eh
{mar-eh'}
From H7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision.
and their work 4639
{4639} Prime
מַעֲשֶׂה
ma`aseh
{mah-as-eh'}
From H6213; an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product (specifically a poem) or (generally) property.
[was] as x834
(0834) Complement
אֲשֶׁר
'asher
{ash-er'}
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
it were x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
a wheel 212
{0212} Prime
אוֹפָן
'owphan
{o-fawn'}
From an unused root meaning to revolve; a wheel.
in the middle 8432
{8432} Prime
תָּוֶךְ
tavek
{taw'-vek}
From an unused root meaning to sever; a bisection, that is, (by implication) the centre.
of a wheel. 212
{0212} Prime
אוֹפָן
'owphan
{o-fawn'}
From an unused root meaning to revolve; a wheel.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 1:16

_ _ appearance ... work — their form and the material of their work.

_ _ beryl — rather, “the glancing appearance of the Tarshish stone”; the chrysolite or topaz, brought from Tarshish or Tartessus in Spain. It was one of the gems in the breastplate of the high priest (Exodus 28:20; Song of Songs 5:14; Daniel 10:6).

_ _ four had one likeness — The similarity of the wheels to one another implies that there is no inequality in all God’s works, that all have a beautiful analogy and proportion.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ezekiel 1:15-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ezekiel 1:16

Work — All that was wrought, whether engraved or otherwise was of one colour. Beryl — A sea green. One likeness — The same for dimensions, colour, frame, and motion. In the middle — It is probable, the wheels were framed so as to be an exact sphere, which is easily rolled to any side.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ezekiel 1:16

The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like the colour of a (k) beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

(k) The Hebrew word is tarshish meaning that the colour was like the Cilician Sea, or a precious stone so called.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the colour:

Ezekiel 10:9 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels [was] as the colour of a beryl stone.
Exodus 39:13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: [they were] inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.
Daniel 10:6 His body also [was] like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

a wheel:

Ezekiel 10:10 And [as for] their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
Psalms 36:6 Thy righteousness [is] like the great mountains; thy judgments [are] a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
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Ex 39:13. Jb 9:10. Ps 36:6; 40:5. Ezk 10:9, 10. Dn 10:6. Ro 11:33. Ep 3:10.

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The old testament is full of metaphors it seems if the prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of CHRIST, HIS KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH
- Attie (8/16/2011 8:26:36 AM)
What were "Ezekiel's wheels"? Flying wheels with creatures inside them, described with metalic colors?!
- Tonya (7/11/2010 2:03:56 PM) [qBible.com]
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